Here we are in the middle of our Hawaiian Winter. So far, we have been very fortunate that it has not been very rainy. The cooler days were great and should help in the flowering of our Hono Honos. Hopefully, you are resting them and have cut back on the watering too. The leaves should be dropping now and in February, you will have the buds beginning to initiate. Keep an eye on these young buds and spray insecticide on them to control flower thrips.
Phalaenopsis are spiking everywhere! Make sure you don’t turn the plants or you might get crooked spikes! As the buds enlarge, begin staking the spikes upright so that you will have beautiful long arching sprays, ready for the WOS Spring Show.
Latourea Dendrobiums are also spiking and blooming. Keep water off the flowers then many of them can last to Mother’s Day!
Paphiopedilums are still blooming; it’s been a good season for the Leeanums.
Cattleyas are slow right now, so I’m trying to collect hybrids with a heavy influence of the species trianae. This is the predominant cattleya for this time of year in Hawaii.
Stay on alert for bouts of heavy rain. Keep your orchids on the dry side and cut off any signs of fungus. It might be wise to spray some preventative fungicide just in case it gets rainy again. Normally, when our winter is dry, our spring can get very wet.
I hope to see everyone at the next meeting for our annual Hono Hono class.
I bet if I do everything just right, I can get that daggum orchid flower to come out of that plant. I know it’s in there because I’d seen it before. It was a sweet little thing that made me smile to look at it.
OK, let’s see here. Now, Scot says what you need to pay attention to is:
#1- Don’t leave your plant soaking in water all day. It’s got to dry quick or the roots will rot.
There are tricks for that. You put the plant in a pot with stuff like Styrofoam (not kiddin’) for the bottom and around the sides. Then, add some bark or gravel to take up the space in the middle of the pot and get that plant in there all nice and snug, so it won’t wobble around. Get it? This stuff’s not gonna hold water very long at all.
And, the most important thing is to use a little-bitty pot. That way, there’s no way for water to accumulate. If that plant is still wobbly, put a stake next to a stem and twist-tie them together. If the plant wants to fall over, put that little pot into an empty bigger pot.
#2-Blah, blah, blah…
That’s a lot of words.
Don’t you wish someone can just show you how to do this?
Well, you are in luck.
Go watch Scot, or another orchid sage, in person at a Windward Orchid Society Saturday Workshop at Dot’s house. It’s better than a YouTube video because you can ask questions and even bring your own plant and fix it up under expert orchid tutelage.
And bonus, bring a yummy dish to share and enjoy a potluck lunch and talking story after the workshop. This is more fun than reading about orchid care…really.
Watch for more details about these workshops in your Windward Orchid Society newsletter.
Of course you need to sign up and be a member to get our newsletters.
Here’s what happened at Dot’s last Workshop:
Larry Yamamoto, from the Kunia Orchid Society, shared his knowledge and experience on the topic of General Orchid Care.
Larry has a degree in Agriculture from the University of Hawaii and 30 years of experience with the US Department of Agriculture.
He grows Cattleya, Vanda, Slipper Orchids and other orchids.
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